Curriculum in Science and Policy

The PSC PhD Program in Plant Sciences requires completion of 12 ECTS (credit points) from courses organized or accredited by the PSC. This includes: PSC courses, Life Science Zurich Graduate School courses, courses from Swiss Plant Science Web PhD Programs, and university courses in the area of transferable skills.

For your curriculum choose courses from the table below. The table is taken from PhD guidelines (PDF, 891 KB):

Activities [Numbers correspond to chapters in the Guidelines ] ECTS
Compulsory Activity:
4 out of 6 modules -
Policy Workshops, offered by the PSC, 2 ECTS each [3.1]:
  • Evidence-based Policy-making in Plant Sciences
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Communicating Science
  • Building Political Support
  • Analysis and Communication of Risks and Uncertainties
  • Understanding Policy Evaluation
1 Lecture in Basics of Policy Sciences (i.e. Introduction to Political Sciences, 1 ECTS), [3.2]
9
Elective Activities: 3
Other Elective Activities: [3.4-3.7]
  • Participation in international scientific symposium with own scientific contribution (oral or poster presentation, preferentially with science-policy section) (max. 1 ECTS)
  • Organization of PSC PhD Symposium, preferentially with science-policy section (max. 3 ECTS)
  • Transferable skill course can also be visited at LSZGS, GRC, GRACE and other continuing education offers at ETH Zurich, University of Zurich and University of Basel.

How to compile the requested 12 ECTS

  • Policy Workshops A – F: choose 4 courses (Compulsory Activities)
  • Basics of Policy Sciences: choose 1 course (min. 1 ECTS, Compulsory Activity)
  • Courses on Research Skills (Elective Activities)
  • Courses on Transferable Skills (Elective Activities)
  • Colloquium 'Challenges in Plant Sciences' (Elective Activities)
  • Presentation (Talk, Poster) at an International Conference (max. 1 ECTS, Elective Activities)

Accreditation of other courses (ECTS)

Participation in other courses (national/international) need prior agreement of your PhD supervisor.

All ECTS acquired outside of Universities of Zurich and Basel, ETH Zurich and associated PhD Programs need a confirmed accreditation through the PSC office: fill the form in the submenu Procedures → Accreditation of external courses. 

PSC offers courses in collaboration with Life Science Zurich Graduate School, University of Zurich, University of Basel and ETH Zurich. Students have to make sure to follow accreditation procedures for all other courses.

Note

All students who started their PhD after February 2016 have to participate in the LSZGS introduction event Scientific Integrity - An Introductory Course (2 hours, no ECTS).

During this event students sign the declaration of “Good scientific practice” that becomes part of your DissGo documents. All PhD students that have or will participate in a course on “Research Integrity” or “Ethics” in their PhD program don’t need to visit the introduction class. For all accredited training courses check the scientific integrity training course catalogue.